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Noisy Glow Worm Ultimate 50FF

Discussion in 'Plumbing and Central Heating' started by tony.post, 15 Feb 2006.

  1. tony.post

    tony.post

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    Recently my boiler started to make loud kettling noies. I flushed the system with clean water. The expansion tank was also full of muck so drained and thorougly cleaned it.
    I then added X400 to the system. Within a day, there was no noise from the boiler. I left the X400 in for 1 week, then drained the system, and gave it a good flush by shutting the rad valve (next to the drain point) and opening the other valve, so water was flowing across the bottom of the radiators (Downstairs ones). I then refilled the system, and added 1L of X200, and 1L of X100.
    Now my boiler bangs as loud as before!
    I cannot beleive it is the oxygen in the fresh water, as when I flushed it the first time it was ok.
    Could it have flushed some debris into the boiler?
    Would it be worth removing the boiler and flushing "on the floor" with a pressure washer?
     
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    Can't remember if the 50 model has one, but there may be a drainoff on the boiler on the bottom right hand side of the heat exchanger body. If so, and you DIDN'T use it already to flush the boiler itself, try opening it a tad and see what comes out. It's a bit of a stretch expecting larger lumps of crud to flush out of a boiler upwards!

    The economics of taking a very-used boiler off the wall, trying to clean it and then putting it back are probably suspect! Better to invest in a new more-efficient boiler, given the work involved. Also, the bracket on the back of the Ultimate can get weak and corroded after a long time. You might find the thing falls off the wall if you disturb it with the pipes undone!
     
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    Try some KAMCo hush

    I used it the other day and was well impressed
     
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    Thanks for the replies. The boiler is only 5 years old in a new house.

    The cast iron boiler does have 2 drains, one in each lower corner. It seems strange that after the first flush (With water and X400), it went quiet straight away. It is only after flushing again that the noise returned.

    By the way, what is "KAMCo hush" ?
     
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    just a different kind of boiler silencer made by kamco


    top stuff
     
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